There's something about the writer's psychology that makes one question the quality of one's own work. I've often said that upon finishing a project, I'm peculiarly torn between believing it's the best thing I've ever done and totally worthless. I think all writers feel something like this, except maybe Faulkner -- I think he knew he pretty much nailed it every time.
I started reading through a chapter book manuscript yesterday that I wrote about two months ago, just after finishing the novel I'd been working on. I like to write a younger project after a novel as a way to unwind. But I put this story aside immediately after finishing it. By the end, I was feeling very unsure about it. I was surprised reading it and discovering it didn't suck. It is actually is pretty funny.
It's about a group of kids lost in space who are forced to take on an mad scientist. The above illustration is a sketch of the main character...I always sketch my main characters. With any luck, one of my publishers will also feel that it doesn't suck and turn it into a series. Per yesterday's post, I'll keep my fingers crossed.